VOIP, Voicemail System Upgrades Scheduled for August 4

Rensselaer's voice over IP (VOIP) and voicemail systems are scheduled to undergo network infrastructure upgrades between the hours of 9:00pm and 9:30pm on Monday, August 4. During this time period, access to both the VOIP system and voicemail will be intermittently unavailable. Users may experience call drops, no new calls can be generated or received, and voicemail will not pick up any missed calls made to subscribers.

From RPI News: Making Old Bones New Again

As we age, our bones grow more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Individuals with diabetes or with certain types of osteoporosis often are similarly afflicted with brittle bones. A new study from biomedical engineers at Rensselaer demonstrates how the compound N-phenacylthiazolium bromide, or PTB, dissolves the sugary impurities within bone tissue that cause our femurs, fibulas, and other bones to become more fragile.

Women's Hockey Names Captains for 2014-15

The captains of Rensselaer's women's ice hockey team have been announced, and seniors Ali Svoboda and Taylor Mahoney will both be wearing a 'C' for the 2014-15 season. Junior Mari Mankey will be the assistant captain for the team, which is coached by John Burke.

Committee Seeking Candidates for Founders Award of Excellence

The Founders Award Committee is once again asking for the campus community's assistance in identifying candidates for Rensselaer's Founders Award of Excellence, the highest honor of the Convocation ceremony.

C+CC to Host "Meet the Artist" Opportunity with Peter Granucci

Saturday, August 9, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Chapel+Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 New York
Description: Nationally known artist Peter Granucci will return to the Gallery at the Chapel + Cultural Center to talk about "Memorial for Lost Species," his figurative paintings now on exhibition at the gallery as a tribute and memorial to those unfortunate species that have and will die off because of human action and indifference. If you were unable to attend the opening, this is an excellent opportunity to ask about the paintings and Mr. Granucci's inspiration for them.

Student-Athlete Andrew Franks on Watch List for National Award

Rensselaer student-athlete Andrew Franks has been named to the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award Watch List. The trophy is awarded to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams.

TIAA-CREF Offering Confidential Retirement Counseling August 19

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Rensselaer Union 2424
Description: Individual Client Services Consultant Peter Crehan will be on campus for one-on-one consultations on a broad range of retirement topics. Attend this upcoming event to help you become better informed and more confident about Rensselaer's retirement plan benefits!

Smart Lighting ERC Presentation Slated for August 4

Monday, August 4, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Jonsson Rowland Science Center 1C13
Description: The Smart Lighting ERC is pleased to host Dr. Shiv Kalyanaraman, Chief Scientist with IBM Research Australia for his presentation titled, "Energy meets Smarter Transportation: The Energy-Transportation Nexus & Personalized Public Transportation."

New Weight Watchers At-Work Sessions Begin July 31

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Rensselaer Union Mother's Wine Emporium
Description: Payment for this new ten-week Weight Watchers series includes etools and the online program. Faculty and staff members are also reimbursed for half the cost of the fourteen week session if they attend ten out of 12 meetings.

From The Approach: You have three minutes to explain the known universe… Go!

Great communication about science neatly and elegantly explains immensely complex concepts (think: Neil DeGrasse Tyson at his best) in language that non-scientists can understand and relate to.

Great communication about science is also really difficult to do. Science is messy, complex concepts are interconnected, and knowledge is constantly growing and changing. The nature of a scientist’s job is to have a laser focus on one particular subject and seek to expand knowledge in that area. That’s great for scientific progress, but not so great for explaining the broader picture of the universe to laypeople.

Making the complexities of science accessible to non-scientists is a skill that can — and must — be honed among scientists so that regular people can understand the ways in which the puzzle pieces of knowledge fit together and impact their lives. At RPI, a group of young scientists (graduate students, post-docs, and early-career scientists) will be working toward that goal on Tuesday, July 29, as they participate in NASA’s FameLab USA event on campus.

FameLab asks scientists to explain a concept or area of research to a lay crowd in three minutes or less, without the use of any slides or charts, in an engaging and entertaining — but also scientifically valid — way. The contestants will do this in front of a panel of...